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Defence opens in alleged fraud case

Jul 26, 2010, 3:15 PM | Article By: Yusuf Ceesay

Abdoulie Bah who is charged alongside one Habib Fall for obtaining money by false pretence recently testified before Magistrate Secka of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court in defence of the allegation leveled against him.

Testifying before the court, defence witness one, (DW1), Abdoulie Bah told the court that he lives in Sukuta, and is a businessman.

According to him, on a certain day, Abdoulie Dem came to him with one Sulayman Senghore and told him that he wanted to travel to Austria.

He said it was when he introduced him to one Mr. Mark who told him (Abdoulie Dem) that he could provide him with a one-year residential permit.

DW1 further testified that, the said Mr. Mark then asked the complainant, Abdoulie Dem to bring three passport size pictures and his fingerprint.

He adduced that the said Mr. Mark demanded 2000 Euros after he has provided him with the permit and that the complainant, Abdoulie Dem paid some money to Mr. Mark.

According to him, after five weeks Mr. Mark brought the permit, in which both the complainant and Sulayman Senghore confirmed.

Further testifying, DW1 indicated that the complainant told Mr. Mark that he has to check how authentic the documents are before effecting payment of the balance.

He told the court that Mr. Mark, one Alhagie Mbai, the complainant and himself went to one airline, opposite America Embassy to confirm. He adduced that the complainant asked for one way ticket and was told that it cost 400 Euros, equivalent to D17, 800.

Further testifying, DW1 told the court that the complainant told them that he was going to convert his Dalasi to Euro to pay the ticket, adducing that Mr. Mark then went with the documents until the complainant paid him.

He revealed that the following day, the complainant came and show him a receipt of the ticket, but the complainant failed to pay the man up to the date of his travelling.

According to him, the complainant went with some people to appeal to Mr. Mark to release his document, but was adamant.

He added that the complainant later reported them to the SerreKunda Police Station, where he was detained for allegedly providing false air ticket.

He revealed that the following day he was escorted with three officers to the airline to confirm where they met one lady who confirmed the ticket and said that she was the one who sold it to the complainant. He said he was later granted bailed.

He testified that the complainant alleged that since he was the mediator he was going to pay for the ticket he loss.

The case was adjourned to 28th July for continuation.